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Weekend Update-Era Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Get the Action Figure Treatment This Summer

Say hello to the hottest action figure set of 2015: American heroes, comedy queens, and SNL favorites Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Ahead of Comic-Con in San Diego this summer, Entertainment Earth has revealed that a limited set of 3 1/2-inch Fey and Poehler action figures dressed up like their days as Weekend Update co-anchors will be officially available to Comic-Con goers on July 8, 2015, but if you aren't attending, you can still pre-order your own $29.99 Fey/Poehler set here. SNL has been the subject of a lot of ridiculously dumb brand tie-ins over the past few years, but if we can encourage kids to [...]

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's 'Catastrophe' Premieres on Amazon Next Month

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan's new Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe just got a US premiere date. The streaming network announced today that the entire six-episode series will debut on Amazon on Friday, June 19th. The show was co-created by Delaney and Horgan, who star as "an American man and Irish woman who make a mess out of falling in love in London as they deal with an unexpected pregnancy." Carrie Fisher and Ashley Jensen are among the guest stars in the six-episode debut season.

Watch a trailer for Catastrophe below:

John Oliver Shares Some of the Weirdest Cut 'Last Week Tonight' Graphics

Last Week Tonight was off the air this past weekend, so John Oliver and crew uploaded a new web exclusive featuring a bunch of graphics that, for one reason or another, got cut from the show before making it on television. Like the panda king or cover of Cockfighting Aficionado, all these images are pretty meaningless out of context but, as Oliver points out, still beautiful enough to speak for themselves.

Watch a Special Edition of 'Billy on the Street' with Martin Short

Last night NBC aired a TV special for their charity event Red Nose Day, and the night included a brand new segment of Billy on the Street with special guest Martin Short. Instead of giving away dollars, this time Billy Eichner and Martin Short are looking for a round of on-the-street charitable donations, and at least one of them is worth it for the anecdote Short shares about working with Chevy Chase.

David Letterman's 'Late Show' Set Is Already Getting Thrown in a Dumpster

The Late Show with David Letterman finale ended less than 24 hours ago, but CBS is already hard at work moving most of the iconic late night set into its new home: a big dumpster outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. According to the New York Post, crews began hauling off parts of the Late Show set this afternoon, throwing out set pieces and theater chairs while shipping off key parts of the set — particularly the George Washington Bridge set piece — off in a truck.

“I was literally sitting in one of those seats last night,” said Stephanie Strausz, of Manhattan, who scored [...]

Jon Stewart Has Been Helping Veterans Get TV Jobs for the Last Three Years

Jon Stewart might be nearing the end of his run as host of The Daily Show, but that's not the only television legacy he's created as a late night host. According to The New York Times, Stewart has also put his onscreen influence to work for the last three years through a, until now, secret "industry boot camp" for veterans interested in breaking into the entertainment industry:

The Daily Show developed the program over the last three years without publicizing it, but now, because Mr. Stewart is preparing to leave the show, he has taken it into the open, urging other shows to develop their own programs [...]

'Silicon Valley' is Almost Too Much Like the Real Silicon Valley — Almost

Silicon Valley might be too compelling for its own good.

Whenever anyone asks me what I think of Silicon Valley, I tell them I like it but I don’t really think of it as a comedy. This is a dumb statement — Silicon Valley is a comedy through-and-through. It’s got the pedigree (it was created by Mike Judge, the satiric genius behind Office Space, Idiocracy, and King of the Hill!), it’s got the ultra-funny actors (the main five are UCB’s Thomas Middleditch, Freaks and Geeks/Party Down’s Martin Starr, standup’s Kumail Nanjiani, The Office’s Zach Woods, and T.J. Miller from lots of things but mostly that one super-underrated phone ad [...]

A Letterman Superfan Broke Down the 'Late Show' Finale Highlight Reel Frame by Frame

At the end of Wednesday night's Late Show with David Letterman finale, the Foo Fighters closed out the show while a long photo and clip montage played featuring tons of memories from throughout Letterman's legendary run, most of which only appeared on the screen for a split second. Thankfully, one diehard Letterman fan decided to not only break down every single frame (537 total) used in the montage but contextualize every moment by the year or celebrity guest. It's a fascinating dive into just some of Letterman's best late night contributions from his 30+ year career, and it should at least be a good distraction while we're [...]

Breaking Down Each Cast Member's Contribution to 'SNL' Season 40

With SNL's 40th season wrapped up, we're taking a look back at the past year to recall the highs, lows, and other memorable moments as the show ended its fourth decade on the air. In this final post, we discuss the cast members on the show.

Being in the cast of SNL for season 40 was a blessing and a curse. More of a blessing, obviously. For comedians Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson, it was a dream come true: they began 2014 as relative unknowns and ended it with reserved seats in history, joining the ranks of a legendary comedy institution right as it celebrated a significant milestone. The two of them [...]

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Will Be the First 'Chris Gethard Show' Guests on Fusion

The Chris Gethard Show tapes the very first episode of its Fusion era next week, and now we know the official premiere date, guests, and show topic. TCGS will make its big TV debut on Thursday, May 28th at 10:00pm, and Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will appear as Gethard's very first guests, along with musical guest The Front Bottoms and show topic that's very much in line with TCGS's love for all things weird and misunderstood: "Show Us the Weirdest Thing About Your Body." Check out Gethard's full announcement above.

Finding Acceptance and Honesty in 'Community's D&D-Centered Bottle Episode

‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined

"You can all hang out in your suspended humiliation and think about what you learned today. One, don't screw with me. Two, invite me to your crap."

“Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” is a lofty episode of Community. Not only is it a bottle episode in a show that’s turned out some of their best work using the form, but it’s also largely regarded as the series’ best episode. Not only could it easily be Community's best [...]

Judd Apatow Tells Jimmy Kimmel About His Book of Comedian Interviews

Here's a clip from Judd Apatow's visit to Friday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he told Kimmel all about his upcoming book of interviews he conducted with famous comedians both recently and back in his high school comedy nerd days. The book, titled Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy, is out on Tuesday, June 16th and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Check out two more clips from Apatow's interview below:

Check Out the First Photos from 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp'

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp hits Netflix on Friday, July 17th, but in the meantime the streaming network released eight new photos from the prequel series today featuring Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, and more in the trip back in time to Camp Firewood in 1981. Check out the rest of the photos below:

Conan O'Brien Discovers His Entire Staff Wants Jordan Schlansky Fired

During last night's Conan, O'Brien debuted a brand new remote segment filmed in the Conaco offices in which he visits some of his production staff to give them a yearly performance review. While Conan's ultimate goal is to fire three employees, there's one Conaco worker who everyone seems to want to go away: non-essential associate producer and coffee snob Jordan Schlansky.